Top 10 Fastest Tennis Serves

This article will look at the top 10 fastest tennis serves of all time that is recognized by the ATP or the WTA Tours.

We will also look at the fastest serves in tennis that were hit by some of the top tennis players such as Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams.

The speed of tennis serves has increased dramatically over the decades as racket technologies have improved, therefore it is no surprise that the vast majority of the fastest serves for ATP and WTA tennis players occurred after the year 2000.

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Top 10 Fastest Tennis Serves

Top 10 Fastest Tennis Serves in Men’s Tennis

Below is a list of the Top 10 Tennis Serves ever recorded on the ATP Tour with four out of the ten players coming from the USA as they have a long tradition of producing players with fast serves e.g Andy Roddick, John Isner, and Pete Sampras.

Out of the top 10 servers below, only two have won grand slam titles (Andy Roddick and Juan Martin Del Potro), which shows that tennis is no longer a game dominated by big servers as it was in the 1990s.

You may also be surprised that top players like Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal who have between them 61 grand slam wins, are not in the top 10 serves list.

Roger Federer comes closest with a fastest recorded serve of 230.1 km/h (143.0 mph) that was recorded at the 2010 Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany.

Top 10 Fastest Men’s Serves Ever Recorded and Recognised by the ATP

RankPlayer NameNationalityEventYearServe Speed Km/hServe Speed mph
1John IsnerAmericanDavis Cup2006253.0157.2
2Ivo KarlovićCroatianDavis Cup2011251.0156.0
T3Andy RoddickAmericanDavis Cup2004249.4155.0
T3Milos RaonicCanadianSAP Open2012249.4155.0
T5Ryan HarrisonAmericanWestern & Southern Open2013244.6152.0
T5Feliciano LopezSpanishAegon Championships2014244.6152.0
7Marius CopilRomanianEuropean Open2016244.0151.6
8Hubert HurkaczPolishDavis Cup2016243.0151.0
9Taylor DentAmericanABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament2006241.0149.8
10Juan Martin Del PotroArgentinianStockholm Open2017240.0149.1

The big serving American John Isner currently holds the record for the fastest recorded men’s serve with a 253km/h (157.2mph) serve he hit during a Davis Cup match against Australia in 2006.

The Australian Sam Groth (263.0 km/h (163.4 mph)) and Frenchman Albano Olivetti (257.5 km/h (160.0 mph)) both hit serves faster than John Isner but these serves are not recognised by the ATP Tour.

Top 10 Fastest Tennis Serves in Women’s Tennis

Although the average serve speed on the WTA tour is slower than on the ATP tour, there are still plenty of female players that serve as fast if not faster than many male players on the ATP Tour.

The list below details the top 10 fastest women’s tennis serves ever recorded on the WTA Tour. Similar to the men, the vast majority were recorded post the year 2000.

Top 10 Fastest Women’s Serves Ever Recorded and Recognised by the WTA

RankPlayer NameNationalityEventYearServe Speed Km/hServe Speed mph
1Sabine LisickiGermanStanford Classic2014210.8131.0
2Venus Williams AmericanUS Open2007207.6129.0
3Serena WilliamsAmericanAustralian Open2013207.0128.6
4Julia GorgesGermanFrench Open2012203.0126.1
5Brenda Schultz-McCarthyDutchIndian Wells Masters2007202.7126.0
6Nadiya KichenokUkrainian Australian Open2014202.0125.5
T7Lucie HradeckáCzechWimbledon2015201.2125.0
T7Naomi OsakaJapaneseUS Open2016201.2125.0
9Anna-Lena GrönefeldGerman Indian Wells Masters2009201.1125.0
10Ana IvanovicSerbianFrench Open2007201.0124.9

Sabine Lisicki currently holds the record for the Fastest Women’s Serve Ever Recorded after hitting a 210.8km/h (131mph) serve at the Stanford Classic in 2014.

Georgina García Pérez (220 km/h (136.7 mph)) and Aryna Sabalenka (214 km/h (133.0 mph)) both hit serves faster than Sabine Lisicki but these serves are not recognized by the WTA Tour.

Fastest Serves in Tennis FAQ

What is Nick Kyrgios’s fastest serve to date?

Nick Kyrgios’s fastest ever recorded serve was 230.1 km/h (143.0 mph) which was recorded in the second round of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships.

What is Robin Soderling’s fastest serve ever recorded?

Robin Soderling’s fastest ever recorded serve was 230.1 km/h (143.0 mph) which was recorded at the 2010 ATP World Tour Finals.

What is Alexander Zverev’s fastest serve to date?

Alexander Zverev’s fastest ever recorded serve was 231.0 km/h (144.0 mph) which was recorded at the 2020 ATP World Tour Finals.

At the 2022 Australian Open Alexander Zverev’s average serve speed was 186km/h (115mph) on his first serve and 142km/h (88mph) on his second serve.

What is Dominic Thiem’s fastest serve to date?

Dominic Thiem’s fastest ever recorded serve was 232.0 km/h (144.2 mph) which was recorded at the 2017 Gerry Weber Open.

What is Grigor Dimitrov’s fastest serve to date?

Grigor Dimitrov’s fastest ever recorded serve was 233.4 km/h (145.0 mph) which was recorded at the 2013 Aegon Championships.

What is Matteo Berrettini’s fastest serve to date?

Matteo Berrettini’s fastest ever recorded serve was 235.0 km/h (146.0 mph) which was recorded at the 2021 Mutua Madrid Open.

What is Novak Djokovic’s fastest serve to date?

Novak Djokovic’s fastest ever recorded serve was 219.0 km/h (136.0 mph) which was recorded at the 2009 Madrid Open.

What is Rafael Nadal’s fastest serve to date?

Rafael Nadal’s fastest serve to date was recorded at the 2010 US Open when he hit a 217 km/h (135 mph) serve.

What is Roger Federer’s fastest serve to date?

Roger Federer’s fastest serve to date was recorded at the 2010 Gerry Weber Open in Halle when he hit a 230.1 km/h (143 mph) serve.

What is Venus Williams’ fastest serve to date?

Venus Williams’ fastest serve to date was a 207.6 km/h (129.0 mph) serve that she hit at the 2007 US Open.

What is Serena Williams’ fastest serve to date?

Venus Williams’ fastest serve to date was a 207.0 km/h (128.6 mph) serve that she hit at the 2013 Australian Open.

What is Andy Murray’s fastest serve to date?

Andy Murray recorded his fastest serve in a US Open win over Grigor Dimitrov in 2016. Andy Murray’s fastest serve was recorded at a speed of 226.9 km/h (141 mph).

What is Naomi Osaka’s fastest serve?

Naomi Osaka recorded her fastest serve 201.2 km/h (125.0 mph) in the 2016 US Open.

What is Andy Roddick’s fastest serve?

Andy Roddick recorded his fastest ever recorded serve in the Davis Cup in 2014. His serve was recorded at 249.4km/h or 155mph.

Final Thoughts

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